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Nicknames for Babies Have Never Been Cooler

April 13, 2020 Emma Waterhouse
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Love nickname names for babies? Our newly updated lists of the coolest nicknames for girls and boys have just gone live — take a look!

If you’re considering going straight for a short form on the birth certificate, you’re in good company. Stylish celebrity parents are increasingly skipping formal names in favor of short and sweet nickname-style monikers.

Tyler Hilton and Megan Park recently welcomed daughter Winnie. Sterling Shepard and Chanel Iman chose Cassie for their second daughter, a sister for Cali. And Doctor Who star David Tennant is the latest to join the list of high-profile parents who have used the adorable vintage nickname Birdie.

In the US, nickname names for babies were booming around a century ago, making this trend ripe for revival today. But if the popular names of the 1920s and 30s just aren’t doing it for you (sorry, Willie, Bob and Patsy) then keep reading!

We’ve collected 80 of the coolest new nicknames for babies — all outside the current US Top 500 — to inspire you.

Cool Nicknames for Girls

There are a few sweet and sparky nicknames for girls which have broken into the Top 500 over the past decade, following in the footsteps of popular choices like Ellie, Sadie and Bella.

Unisex Charlie now ranks higher for girls than boys, at #152 in 2018. Sleek Thea has proved surprisingly trendy: shooting from outside the Top 1000 to inside the Top 300 in just five years. And sweet British favorites Elsie and Evie, Maisie and Millie are all rising rapidly too.

If you want something with the same laid-back appeal, but less of the popularity, the names in the list below all rank in the lower half of the Top 1000 or just below it. They’re familiar but fresh, cute but cool, and underused without being too “out there”.

Anya
Belle
Bonnie
Cleo
Emme
Etta
Frankie
Gwen
Indie
Jovie
Liv
Libby
Mae
Margo
Penny
Scout
Sunny
Sylvie
Tess
Winnie

Unique Nicknames for Girls

If you’re willing to go a little bit quirkier, there are some fantastic uncommon nicknames for girls hiding further down the US popularity charts.

All of the choices in the list below rank well outside of the Top 1000, but they feel right on trend for a 2020s baby girl. And celebrity bearers like Billie Eilish, Gigi Hadid and Suki Waterhouse prove that they can be pulled off in style!

Billie
Birdie
Coco
Dusty
Dulcie
Edie
Gigi
Goldie
Hettie
Jude
Kitty
Lula
Nell
Pippa
Posy
Romy
Sia
Suki
Trixie
Zuzu

Cool Nicknames for Boys

Did you know that the current #1 boy name in the US actually started life as a nickname? Liam originated as an Irish diminutive of William, making it the first nickname ever to hold the top spot for boys in the US.

British parents are already big fans of stylish short forms on the birth certificate: Harry, Jack, Leo and Charlie all make the current Top 10 for boys there, while quirkier picks like Albie, Reggie, Sonny and Teddy all make the Top 100.

The names in the list below all rank in the lower half of the US Top 1000 or just below it. They’re widely known, but not widely used, and all have that effortless laid-back charm.

Archie
Bear
Billy
Bo
Cal
Dash
Duke
Gus
Harry
Link
Louie
Mack
Niko
Ray
Rudy
Sonny
Teddy
Van
Wes
Zeke

Unique Nicknames for Boys

Far below the Top 1000 you’ll find some seriously uncommon (and seriously cool!) nicknames for boys. Some of these are quite literally unique: there were fewer than five baby boys named Iggy or Jem in 2018, the last year on record.

From old-school cool nicknames like Fitz and Gene, to modern mini-names like Cy and Xavi, there are unique options to suit every style. Be sure to check out our newly updated list of fresh nicknames for boys for even more!

Art
Bram
Cy
Fitz
Gene
Hal
Iggy
Ike
Jem
Jules
Kip
Misha
Monty
Ned
Rafe
Sully
Walt
Xavi
Zeb
Ziggy

What are your favorite nicknames for babies? What would you name a boy and girl from these lists? Tell us below!

    About the author

    Emma Waterhouse

    Emma Waterhouse — better known as @katinka around these parts — joined the team in 2017, writing about everything from where to find a cool vintage boy name to why some names become popular memes. As Nameberry's head moderator, she also helps to keep our active Forums community ticking. A linguist by background, Emma speaks six languages and lives in England's smallest county with her husband and three young children. You can reach her at emma@nameberry.com.

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